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8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the Breakfast Club
Right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, you’ll find a breakfast joint that will soon be near and dear to your heart. At the Breakfast Club, you’ll find a modern diner feel with the best omelet or pancakes you can have. Why? Because all you have to do is pick your favorite ingredients from their market board, and you’ll have a customized favorite before you can say, “I love this place.” After all, no one knows what you like more than you. And, to top it off, just choose between fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice mixed with organic spirits, or handcrafted, espresso drinks.
10:00 a.m. Hitting golf balls at Topgolf
If you forgot to pack your golf skills in your bag, don’t worry. They’re not needed; nor are your clubs since they have clubs for you to use. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, you’ll have a blast at this golf range where you can challenge friends and family to neon-lit bull’s-eye targets and point-scoring games with microchipped balls. And after you’ve worked up an appetite, try the chicken and waffle sliders for a small bite, or anything else from the full menu and bar.
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Diego Pops
You’ve never had nachos like this before. Or ceviche. Or Mexican food period. As a vibrant Mexican diner with a tropical flair and cosmopolitan panache, Diego Pops serves up a unique experience—especially if you put an order in for the Brussels sprout nachos with street corn queso, queso Oaxaca, fresco chili, pickled onion, roasted garlic beet crema, and fried egg. And then there’s the coconut lemongrass ceviche with shrimp, cucumber, tomato, fresco chili, red onion, and cilantro. Need we say more?
3:00 p.m. Massage at The Phoenician
Unwind. Detoxify. And rejuvenate. You won’t find it on the list of services, but you’ll certainly experience them when you find time for a spa treatment at The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician. To enhance the experience, you’ll have complimentary use of all resort pools and spa facilities. The spa menu is diverse and includes holistic massage, hot-stone rituals, body treatments, wraps, facials, and wellbeing treatments. It’s recommended to book an appointment at least four weeks in advance to ensure availability for the treatment and time you desire most.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at The Montauk in Old Town
Ready for dinner with a nod to the Hamptons? You’ll feel like you’ve arrived there instead of Old Town Scottsdale. With a bustling and spirited crowd, The Montauk offers dishes that are just as vibrant. Don’t miss out on the smoked salmon deviled eggs with bacon truffle oil, crispy potato, and crème fraiche as a start. And as a perfect follow up to it, order the grilled lobster wedge decked out with egg, blue cheese, bacon, beets, tomato, crispy shallot, and blue cheese dressing. It’s wicked good.
8:00 p.m. Spend the night at the Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles
Check in and check out this small boutique inn that finds the sweet spot between a luxury resort and a personal bed & breakfast—all with a bicyclist-friendly twist. The Bespoke Inn attracts guest with its award-winning restaurant and uniquely styled rooms that include a private patio, claw-foot bathtub, and high-end bath products. They even offer a special signature flat decorated with reclaimed hardwood floors, marble countertops and a full gourmet kitchen. You won’t be spinning your wheels trying to uncover the special offering at Bespoke—an actual bike shop that provides complimentary British Pashley bicycles for around-town use.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Bespoke Café
When you roll out of bed and into Bespoke Inn’s award-winning Virtù Honest Craft restaurant for brunch, you’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. That’s because this appetizing brunch is included in the daily rate. With contemporary cuisine, ranging from parfaits and crepes to duck confit benedict, it won’t take you long to see why this has been named a top 20 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine and a James Beard award nominee. With brunch included in the daily rate, it might just be the top pick in Scottsdale.
11:00 a.m. Explore the MIM and have lunch at Café Allegro
Come travel the world via musical instruments. The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) is the only museum in the world devoted to instruments from around the globe, and has exhibits for every country in the world. This is not a hands-off-only museum either. You’re actually invited to try your hand at some of the instruments in the Experience Gallery. And if you’ve ever heard of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, or Carlos Santana, you’ll be interested to get up close and see some of their instruments in the Artist Gallery. For lunch, stop in on site at Café Allegro for casual self-serve dining that offers global cuisine, local and regional dishes, grilled specialties, fresh soups and salads, and delicious desserts. Like the museum itself, Café Allegro’s dishes are made from scratch, using fresh and local ingredients.
3:00 p.m. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home – Taliesin West
Come explore a real desert oasis. Taliesin West is the former winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright and a national historic landmark located in the foothills of McDowell Mountain Ranch in Scottsdale. Established in 1937 and handcrafted over many years into its own utopian world, Taliesin West is the epitome of architectural masterpieces for many Wright followers. Through a broad range of tours, you can see how Wright designed and built his home with cohesive designs and furnishings that deeply connected with the desert surroundings.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Hana Japanese Eatery
From the savory Alaskan roll to being rolled out after eating so much, you’ll be saying “arigato” (thank you) for the whole Hana experience. Visiting this quaint, yet very established, eatery is almost like joining friends for a dinner party. The five members of the Hashimoto clan pride themselves on their great service and, even more so, on their incredibly fresh and delectable food. You know it’s fresh when their regular noon deliveries of fish are loved by so many locals it often sets off a chain of fanatical tweets around town. Be sure to bring an appetite as well as your own beer, wine, or sake, because this family-owned restaurant is also BYOB.